Tributes paid to legendary Wisbech cricketer and ‘true club man’ Eddie Davis

TRIBUTES have been paid to Wisbech Cricket and Hockey Club legend Eddie Davis who died this month “just 11 short of another century”.

Derek Wing, the club’s president, led the tributes to former cricket professional Eddie, who died aged 89 on July 16.

Mr Wing said: “Those of us brought up at Wisbech Cricket and Hockey Club in the fifties and sixties have much to be grateful to Eddie for. He passed away just 11 short of another century.”

Opening batsman Eddie played for Wisbech as one of their first professionals after enjoying a spell with Northamptonshire.

He became the club’s groundsman and was also dedicated to coaching younger cricketers, later taking up a post at Wisbech Grammar School.

Mr Wing said: “He taught many of us how to play the game and we owe much to him. The success of the club at that period was very much down to his own exploits and the coaching that he gave to us all.”

Wisbech’s second and third cricket teams both held a minute’s silence for Eddie before their games at Harecroft Road at the weekend.

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Gavin Plume, the club’s chairman, said: “Modern day professionals are often overseas players who come here mainly to play but Eddie brought more to it.

“He wasn’t the sort of guy who turned up for his bat and left. He coached, worked on the pitch and even pulled a few pints at the bar. He was a true club man.”

A tribute on the club’s play cricket website said: “Eddie Davis, you were a legend and you will be sorely missed by all associated with the club. We were honoured to have your presence at the club. Thank you.”

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